Social inequality

Position paper

Principles for a policy response to COVID-19

None of the principles outlined in this document are designed to generate specific, individual policy responses. They are intended instead to act as a set of criteria by which such proposals for such responses can be judged and debate initiated.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does the gap between rich and poor affect a country's growth?

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek claims OECD data shows that the larger the difference between rich and poor countries, the less likely a nation's growth will be strong.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Do the world's 62 richest people hold the same wealth as the poorest 50 per cent?

Oxfam Australia CEO Helen Szoke claims the inequality gap between the rich and poor is widening faster than previously thought.

School closures will increase inequality unless urgent action closes the digital divide

While slowing the pace of the Covid-19 Pandemic is critical, reducing the growth of inequality – including in education – will be an equally important and complex challenge.

Wellbeing in the Ōtautahi LGBTQIA+ community

This research collects the views of the rainbow community of Christchurch, with the intent to better understand the strengths of the community, increase visibility and education and therefore reduce discrimination and enhance self-esteem.

Towards a just future: reimagining social and economic policy

Former Federal Minister Jenny Macklin has been at the frontline of social policy debates for more than three decades. She presented our 2019 Sambell Oration.
Working paper

Intergenerational transmission of disadvantage in Australia

This paper provides an overview of the Australian evidence on the extent to which socioeconomic disadvantage is transmitted from one generation to the next. While there is a large literature on the intergenerational transmission of education, occupation and social status, the focus here is on...

Insights into hardship and disadvantage in Perth, Western Australia: the 100 Families WA baseline report

The 100 Families WA project seeks to build a deep, rich understanding of entrenched disadvantage in Western Australia. This report presents the results of the baseline survey, which examined a number of key domains, including family and household composition, income, material deprivation, social and personal...

The impact of inequalities in the early years on outcomes over the life course

This report draws together research from international academics and policy-makers on the impact of childhood inequalities on life outcomes across a broad range of topics including education, crime and well-being.
Literature review

Income mobility in Australia

In recent years, the divide between the richest and the poorest has been growing in many Western countries, and it may now be harder for someone born to low income parents to become economically successful later in life.